Artists and activities
St Luke: the patron saint of artists
Fun fact: St Luke is the patron saint of artists. So we've always had a bit of a thing for painters and poets, musicians and dancers…anyone who feels the need to create. We have people in and around the church buildings most days of the week making music or rehearsing plays or painting pictures. (It can get a bit noisy.) Here is a taster of the sort of things going on:
When he's not leading the music in our Sunday morning service, Justin can be found composing music in the building. Or rehearsing a play.
The sound of Rick playing his trumpet or working on some other musical project often fills the air.
Vox Holloway – Tuesday evenings
Vox Holloway (Latin: “the voice of Holloway”) began in 2009 as a community choral society for all – no auditions, no professions of faith or previous experience of choral singing required – with St Luke’s as its home. It includes participants from far and wide who wouldn't necessarily consider setting foot in a church.
At its first concert, ‘The Messiah’ in December 2009, the choir raised £6,000 for the Umthombo Street Children project in Durban South Africa. At its second, ‘Requiem in Blue’ by Harvey Brough, performed on Palm Sunday, it raised £14,000 for the DEC Haiti appeal. Both were performed to a packed house.
Its director, Justin Butcher, who's also the organist and choirmaster at St Luke’s, says:
“I think my key inspiration is my conviction that singing, perhaps more than any other art form, connects us most profoundly to the mystery of who and what we are – body, mind and spirit – at the same time as connecting us to each other. It’s a crime that so many people grow up thinking they can’t sing and miss out on something that should be both fun, creative and sociable but also a primal encounter with the Divine in the midst of life.”
Rehearsals are every Tuesday at 7.30pm at the church. Sign up at voxholloway.com.
Ashtanga yoga – Tuesday evenings
Vikki Poole's a qualified yoga teacher, who teaches at St Luke's on Monday evenings. Ashtanga is a dynamic form of yoga, suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. You don’t have to have tried yoga before. It'll help you feel stronger, more flexible, toned and calmer.
Cost: drop in and pay £7 per class or book 10 classes for £60. Concessions £5.
Time: 19:00, Tuesdays.
Information: contact Vikki – 07729 392024 / vikki
Voices – Wednesday evenings
Voices is a weekly singing workshop for anyone who likes to sing, led by musician and music therapist Angela Reith. Each evening includes vocal warm-ups and exercises, and learning songs from around the world by ear and in harmony. Sometimes there’s a chance to improvise or sing solo if you want to you, but there’s no pressure to do this. People are welcome to suggest songs and if they’re good for group singing, we’ll learn them. There’s always a short tea break, usually accompanied by chocolate biscuits.
Why do it? Well, singing is fun, good for health and well-being and a great social activity, so we aim to enjoy learning a wide variety of songs in the company of others who love to sing.
Is it for ‘good’ singers? All singing abilities are welcome – there are no auditions. You don’t have to be able to read music: even if music is handed out, the learning is by ear. This is a safe place to experiment and find your voice. Sometimes there’s a chance to perform with other singing groups, but this is not the main purpose of the workshops. All that’s necessary is to want to sing!
Cost: £10 per week (£5 low income), which includes refreshments. There's a 5% discount if each half term’s fees are paid in full at the start.
Booking: not essential, but it’s useful to know who’s coming each week.
Information: contact Angela Reith – 020 7609 8153
5Rhythms Dance – Thursday evenings
Dance free, dance wild, just dance! 5Rhythms dynamic movement practice meets each Thursday for an evening of free movement, led by teacher Jason Rowe.
Cost: £15 / £12 / £10 concessions.
Information: contact Jason Rowe – jason